Movies & Munchies: Heady’s Top Streaming Picks for Summer

The living nightmare known as Vecna in Stranger Things season 4.
Heady Vermont Staff 5 Jul 2022

Looking for something to watch at home? Here are eight of our top streaming picks for summer – both movies and TV – along with an infused stovetop popcorn snack recipe to keep the post-toke fun going.

No spoilers, we promise!

Stranger Things season 4 volume 2

Streaming on Netflix: The Upside Down is more terrifying than ever in the final installment of “Stranger Things” Season Four, with a finale runtime of nearly 2.5 hours. We won’t give anything away, but it’s definitely the most. Metal. EVER. Released July 1.

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The Gray Man

Streaming on Netflix:The Gray Man” is reportedly the most expensive film Netflix has ever produced. This star-studded summer action thriller promises to be packed with gunfire, car crashes, fireworks and snark, with a top-notch cast that includes Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans. Dumb but fun – perfect summer fare.

Available on Netflix July 22. “The Grey Man” will also be released in theaters on Friday, July 15.

Resident Evil

Streaming on Netflix: Gamers who’ve played this one will remember it well. On July 14, the mega video game franchise is getting adapted into its own series with more evil than ever before. Not for the faint of heart.

Reversing Roe

Streaming on Netflix: This 2018 release (unfortunately) has new significance after the Supreme Court’s recent reversal of Roe v. Wade. Through interviews with abortion rights supporters and opponents, “Reversing Roe” lifts the lid on the decades-long, and now successful, political campaign to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The Boys season three

Streaming on Amazon Prime:The Boys” season 3 is a masterpiece of satire, by turns depraved and unhinged, building up to an epic face-off for the season finale. Yes, Homelander is Trump. Expect gory fight scenes dotted with spontaneous musical interludes. Another one not for the faint of heart.

‘The Boys” season 3 consists of eight episodes. Three were released on June 3. The rest follow weekly every Friday, with the finale airing on July 8.

The Bob’s Burgers Movie

Streaming on Hulu: The Bob’s Burgers Movie, which hit theaters in May, goes to Hulu streaming on July 12. This adaptation of the popular animated TV comedy is fittingly funny and sweet, and full of the charming family togetherness and silly shenanigans we’ve all come to expect from the series.

What We Do In The Shadows season four

Streaming on Hulu: FX’s “What We Do in the Shadows” (July 13), the vampire mockumentary returns for its fourth season starting on July 13. Clever, hilarious and packing a sneaky dose of heart, it’s a must-watch. New episodes stream a day after they first air on FX.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Debut

Streaming on Paramount Plus: The best Trek outing in decades, ‘Strange New Worlds’ is Nostalgia Trek: colorful, fun, and boldly going where everything’s comfortably familiar. Anson Mount plays a perfect Captain Pike, rounding out a stellar cast.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds premiered on Paramount+ on May 5, 2022, and its first 10-episode season is running through July 7.

Munchies: Infused Popcorn

How could we not kick off our streaming series without a classic movie popcorn?  Follow the quick and easy recipe below to make a heady bowl of popcorn with infused butter or oil. If you’ve got less of a tolerance, we recommend using regular coconut oil or cutting it with non-infused oil for a lighter touch.

Infused Cannabis Stovetop Popcorn Recipe

Total prep and cooking time: 10 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons infused coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • salt
  • 1 tablespoon cannabutter, add more if you desire


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the infused coconut oil or butter. Make sure it melts completely but don’t let it overheat!
  2. After the oil or butter has melted, add 3 or 4 popcorn kernels to the hot pan. Wait for those kernels to pop.
  3. When the kernels pop, add the 1/3 cup of kernels into the pan. Try to get them into an even layer.
  4. Cover the pot, and remove from heat for 30 seconds.
  5. Return the pan to the heat. The popcorn should begin popping soon. Once there is a lot of popping going on, gently shake the pan back and fourth over the burner.
  6. Once the popping slows to several seconds between each pop, remove from heat. Remove the lid and add the popcorn into a large bowl.
  7. Melt the cannabutter in the empty hot pan. Once melted pour over the popcorn and shake so the cannabutter is disturbed around. Sprinkle with salt, and enjoy!

Notes: If you like, you can add other herbs and flavors to spice up your popcorn game. Some of our favorite seasoning combos:

  • Taco Popcorn Seasoning: 1 Tbsp taco seasoning, 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Coconut Curry Popcorn Seasoning: 1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut, ½ tsp curry powder, ¼ tsp salt
  • Dorito Popcorn Seasoning: 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp cumin, ¼ tsp paprika, ¼ tsp chili powder, ¼ tsp salt

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